Epsom Salts re-discovered at 2018 MGSO4 Festival

MGSO4 Festival 2018 Bea Haines Epsom Salts sculpture Ready Steady Go

Epsom & Ewell has enjoyed a fantastic week of creative events and activities - and some curious headlines - in an arts festival themed to celebrate the 400–year anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts.

Discovery 400
Specially commissioned activities included: artist Bea Haines’ dissolving multi-coloured communal sculpture made from Epsom Salts; an inspiring performance of Greg Harradine’s new piece of music telling the story of their discovery, and Adrian Riley’s mysterious publication the Daily Salter which was obsessed with the stuff.

An array of talent
Debut published writers Michael Donkor and Charly Cox read from and talked about their work, at our first events held at Waterstone’s book store. The fantastic musicianship of It Had To Be Two, The BB Horns and our Lunchtime Live artists got our feet tapping. And exciting performances of theatre and dance took us from the Grass beneath our feet and seventeeth century Epsom Wells to fostercare reality of The Next Placement and the soaring skies of Amy Johnson: Last Flight Out.

Creative communities
Spaces and places have been filled with art, including the Journey of Discovery Contemporary Art Exhibition at NESCOT, and community fringe art trail from local artists and groups including Mary Frances Trust, Sunnybank Trust, Christ Church Epsom Common and Epsom Camera Club. And children across the borough have created poems, illustrations and melodies.

Festival director Maria Reeves said: “The festival created unique moments that reached out across the community. We have been lucky to work with some inspirational artists who have given us a new creative take on our heritage. Thanks to all those who joined in, and to our volunteers and sponsors, without whom the festival would not be possible.”

2018 festival projects have been supported by:
The Arts Council of England, Epsom Square, Community Foundation for Surrey, Bourne Hall Museum, Epsom Civic Society, Greenfield Estate Agents, Lionel Blackman, Product 2, Surrey County Councillor Members Allocations, The Arts Society, Epsom, Ewell Castle School and Rotary Club of Epsom.

Venues have been kindly provided by: Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, NESCOT, Epsom Square, Waterstones, Ewell Castle School and Epsom & Ewell Libraries.